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What causes car accidents?

On Behalf of | May 14, 2019 | Firm News

Driving is a part of most people’s daily life. It might be unavoidable. However, driving is a particularly dangerous activity. Driving-related injury and even fatalities are relatively common. It is estimated there are approximately 17,000 accidents per day.

Due to this, you might be wondering how so many car accidents occur? What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Nine common causes of accidents

Some car accident causes are obvious, and some are less evident. Being aware of these causes may help you prevent getting into an accident yourself. Here are nine common causes of accidents:

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Rain
  • Tailgating
  • Improper turns
  • Animals
  • Distracted driving (texting, daydreaming, talking to other people in the car)
  • Car trouble (tire blowout, design defects)
  • Night driving

While some of these issues are unavoidable, being aware of others may help you prevent an accident, either by avoiding committing them yourself or being more aware of when others are doing them.

How to prevent an accident

Some methods of preventing accidents and staying safe on the roads are more obvious than others. Of course, you should avoid texting and driving, drunk driving and other forms of distracted driving. Obeying traffic laws is another fairly obvious way to prevent accidents. Not running red lights and making legal turns can potentially stop some accidents.

Avoiding accidents caused by weather, animals and car trouble is more difficult. However, taking precautions such as having the proper tires, wipers and lights may decrease the risk.

For most people, driving is inevitable, which means the risk of getting into an accident is also inevitable. Accidents are called accidents for a reason, but there are some ways you can decrease the chances of being involved in one.